Thank you to all who supported the Bible Adventures over this past year!
Thank you to those who took on acting roles, thank you to those who came and tried a new way of experiencing the biblical narrative, thank you to those who continued to give to the ministries & mission of LUMC that funded this ministry, thank you to those who prayed for LUMC and ministries and mission during this difficult season and offered encouragement to staff and leadership.
How do we make disciples in a pandemic? That was the question these Bible Adventures sought to answer. Discipleship is the process of becoming more like Jesus. That’s our mission and purpose (and my job, in particular) – to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
In order to grow as disciples of Jesus, our ideas and beliefs of who Jesus is and what it means to be his followers must be challenged on a regular basis. As we get to know Jesus better, we continually unlearn ideas and develop new beliefs. This is part of the transformational process of discipleship. It is through the spiritual discipline of communal Bible study that the Holy Spirit works within us as we wrestle with God and the ideas we were taught previously.
Too often, people walk away from the church once they realize that what they were taught was wrong. We do teach some wrong ideas, but more often, we teach incomplete ideas. We expect the church to provide answers to our questions, but to grow as a disciple, we do not need answers to questions, we need our answers to be questioned. When we seek finite answers, they will always be incomplete and will often lead to wrong
Discipleship is not an intellectual exercise, nor is it a matter of following a formula or doing good works. There is no point of mastery. You will never be done; Jesus will always ask you go further, one more mile.
It is my hope and prayer that all who participate in the Bible Adventures this year, were provoked into rethinking some of your ideas of what it means to follow Jesus. What is your post-pandemic discipleship plan? How can I provoke you to rethink what it means for you to live as a follower of Jesus?